This year, I joined a CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture” group) and have been savoring all the fresh vegetables I’ve been getting on a weekly basis. The last several weeks, I’ve been getting lots of beets in my CSA Box, and have been making roasted beets for pasta, salads, and beet soups, including this Fresh Beet and Apple Soup.
The growing season is coming to an end, and there is only one week left for my CSA share. However, there is a indoor farmer’s market nearby that I’ll be scouting out in the cooler months to keep my vegetable drawer full of local produce.
Until several years ago, I was not much of a beet fan. But, that’s because all I knew were canned beets, which didn’t taste like much to me. My eyes were opened when I had my first fresh Roasted Beet Salad at a local restaurant. After that, I started roasting fresh beets at home, and recently made this Fresh Beet and Apple Soup, pureed smooth and flavored with lots of spices.
My CSA Box happened to also have a few small acorn squashes in it, so I made this soup into a one dish meal, serving it inside a roasted acorn squash. It made for a dramatic presentation, elegant enough to serve to company.